Amerindian Heritage Month officially launched



By Tracey Khan – Drakes

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[] – Amerindian Heritage month 2014 will begin on September 1 with an interfaith service at the Umana Yana, Georgetown, which will see the various religious groups represented in the forms of prayers etc. as a form of giving thanks for their successes and another year to celebrate.

That event will be followed by a cultural extravaganza on September 2-6, at the Heritage Village at the Sophia Exhibition site. The month of activities for September will see Amerindians showcasing their culture, art, food, music, and craft at several locations throughout the country.

During the official launch today [Wednesday, August 20] at the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs, Coordinator Judy Dasilva said the other activities planned include an exhibition of craft and food at the Heritage Village at the Sophia Exhibition Site.

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“It is a month where we converge not only in Georgetown but in all our villages throughout the length and breathe of Guyana to celebrate our culture and our heritage, the ministry of Amerindian affairs is playing a big role in the coordination and planning and we know that this year it will be bigger, it will better, it will be brighter, it will be nicer,” Dasilva said.

Each year an Amerindian village is designated as heritage village and this year the village of ‘Karrau” in region 7 which is not too far from Bartica, will be highlighted.

Also on the calendar of events is the Stephen Campbell exhibition in region 7 at the Karrau Village on September 10. The village will showcase their cultural heritage and a march pass and exhibition are also planned to celebrate that day.

Campbell was the first Amerindian parliamentarian who entered Parliament in 1957 on September 10; he spent nine years in parliament and represented the interest of his people well.

There will also be an Amerindian heritage dinner & prize giving ceremony on Friday September 26 at the Georgetown Club; tickets cost $7,000




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